It took a few days, but we now know that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. CNN called the election for him late Saturday morning, and other media outlets followed quickly. A massive advantage in early and mailed-in ballots in the state of Pennsylvania (Biden was born in Scranton) allowed the former vice president to overcome President Donald Trump’s large early lead in the state and secure a victory in the Electoral College. (The final margin is still to be determined.)
Biden will have to work with Democrats and Republicans in a narrowly divided Congress. Democrats are on track to maintain control of the House of Representatives, but with a smaller majority, and the GOP can still maintain control of the Senate, pending two runoff elections in Georgia. Biden will also be the oldest person to serve as president—Ronald Reagan was 77 when he left office in 1989.* Biden turns 78 later this month.
Biden released a video Saturday promising to be a president “for all Americans.”